Police arrest 3 in Grain ‘N’ Grape armed robbery

WELLS – Three Delta County residents have been arrested in connection with a reported armed robbery at the Grain ‘N’ Grape convenience store last year.

The incident happened at around 10 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2012, when Grain ‘N’ Grape store clerk Annaelise Marie Ambrose reported the store had been robbed, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department. This led to an intensive investigation by many police agencies.

Ambrose, 22, of Escanaba, was arrested in connection to the robbery Thursday, in addition to two other suspects: Abby Beth Johnson, 20, of Escanaba, and Cory Michael Vanderlinden, 26, of rural Gladstone.

According to a press release from Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg, sheriff’s deputies received a tip last month in regard to the incident via crimestoppersusa.com, which led to witnesses and suspects on the robbery and other crimes. Since the incident, police had been seeking more information after it was originally reported a man had entered the store with a ski mask and a pistol, demanding money and fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

All three suspects were arrested Thursday and lodged in Delta County Jail. They were arraigned Friday in the Delta County District Court on multiple charges.

Ambrose faces the following three charges: larceny in a building – aid & abet, conspiracy to commit larceny in a building, and lying to a peace officer – violent crime investigation. Each of the three charges carries a maximum punishment of four years in prison. Cash bond for Ambrose has been set at $50,000.

Vanderlinden faces one count of accessory after the fact to a felony, a five-year felony. His cash bond was set at $50,000.

Johnson has been charged with one count of larceny in a building and one count of conspiracy to commit larceny in a building, which are each four-year felonies.

In addition, Johnson faces three charges in an unrelated theft of a safe from a Ford River Township home in April 2012. These include one count of safe breaking, a felony of up to life in prison; one count of larceny in a building, a four-year felony; and one count of larceny of $1,000 to $2,000, a five-year felony. Cash bond for Johnson has been set at $100,000.

Ballweg said no further details of the investigation are being released at this time.